NORMAN — Cecil Ray Wade, 68, of Noble, formerly of Battiest, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his home in Noble. He was born Aug. 9, 1945, in Battiest, the son of Carlo and Esien (Cobb) Wade.
Cecil attended Battiest School. After graduation, he moved to California in 1967. He worked at Northrop Aircraft for 12 years in Hawthorne, Calif. In 1980, while playing softball on the Indian Reservation at Pechanga in California, he met the love of his life, Adrienne. They soon married.
In 1990, they moved to Noble, where they made their home. He was a member of the American Indian Athletic Association for 20 years and served as president for four years. He played basketball and softball, he coached youth basketball and enjoyed working with the youth. Cecil enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching.
Cecil was a true man of honor and loved his family, and he looked forward to attending his family reunions at Pine Creek. He was proud of his Native American Culture. Cecil was a true man of God and always kept his Choctaw Bible close. He loved listening to Choctaw hymns.
Cecil leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Adrienne Wade of the home; two sons, Jason Wade of Noble and Shaun Cullens and wife Marie of LaHabra, Calif.; one brother, R.C. Wade and wife Dona of Las Vegas; sisters Minnie Spearman and husband Larry of Gardenia, Calif., Nancy Smith and husband Ron of Lexington, Matilda Paxton and husband Jimmie of Valliant and Marilyn K. Thomas of Battiest; one aunt, Leona Rivers; one uncle, Jerry Ingram and wife Sally; grandchildren Kenneth, Lauren, Alexandra, Miranda and Christina Cullens, all of California; and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Brumley Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Donald Eugene Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at County Line Cemetery in Pickens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Brumley Funeral Home chapel.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013